COLUMBIA — A fire ripped through a south Columbia apartment Saturday afternoon, destroying part of the building and possibly damaging neighboring units.
At 4:02 p.m., a neighbor called the Columbia Fire Department to report a fire at the Country Club Apartments, 3705 Forum Blvd., Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer said. Five units arrived six minutes later, he said.
Heavy smoke and fire were coming from apartment 824 when the trucks arrived, he said. Firefighters used hoses on the ground and from aerial devices to fight the blaze, according to a media release.
The commanding firefighter on the scene was concerned that the fire could spread to neighboring apartments through the attic, so he sounded a second alarm. Three more units were called to the scene, Fraizer said.
Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control thirty minutes after they arrived, according to a media release. Crews spent the next hour investigating whether the fire had spread to other apartments.
Residents were evacuated from the burning building and the surrounding apartments, Fraizer said. Nobody was in apartment 824 during the fire, and there were no injuries, according to the release.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, Fraizer said.